Respite centres could close

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Around £3m will be slashed from the county council’s budget for respite centres for disabled people as part of unprecedented cuts announced last week.

The council intends to save £179.1m from its revenue budget over the next three years, but will freeze its part of the council tax for next year, and limit any increase in the following two years to a maximum of 2.5 per cent.

The budget reduction for respite centres, £3m over the next four years, could force the closure of Alexandra House in Westbourne Road, Lancaster, which is one of eight centres across the county currently under threat.

See the Lancaster Guardian (25-02-11) for full story.